West, East back in action at Holiday Classic


Dec. 26, 2012 at 6:26 a.m.

Coaches like to say practice makes perfect, but neither Victoria West's Pat Erskine nor Victoria East's John Grammer have such high expectations.

The coaches will more than settle for improvement when their teams get back on the court in the 2012 Victoria Classic basketball tournament.

The tournament gets under way Thursday at the West gym. No games will be played Friday before the teams return to the West gym to wrap up the tournament Saturday.

Erskine's Warriors (8-8) and Grammer's Titans (6-9) will be playing for the first time since suffering District 30-4A losses last Friday night.

"Our game against Calhoun seemed like a practice," Erskine wryly noted of his team's 52-39 loss to the Sandcrabs.

West and East will be in the same position as tournament opponents Sweeny and Navasota, who haven't practiced because of the University Interscholastic League's five-day rule.

Austin Hyde Park and HSYM, a Houston home-school team, will round out this year's field.

Grammer knows teams may show some rough edges because of the layoff, but he enjoys playing games during the holiday break.

"I've always found it's hard to get the players to practice during the holidays," he said. "This is a way to keep them active and in shape."

The Warriors and Titans have a number of areas to work on before returning to district play.

West will travel to Corpus Christi to play Calallen on Jan. 4.

"We have some things to adjust to score the ball a little differently," said Erskine, whose team has a 1-1 district record. "Obviously our freshman (Ruben Trevino) has stepped up. We need to find a way to get the ball to different people and get them involved."

East stands 0-2 in district and returns to district action on Jan. 8 at home against Calhoun.

"We're still trying to find ourselves," Grammer said. "We've been in position to win both games. There's a fine line between winning and losing and we can't seem to get across the right line."

East played in the Sweeny tournament, but wasn't matched up against the Bulldogs. Navasota will be playing for the first time this season after winning the Class 3A, Division II state football championship.

"I'm not sure what to expect," Grammer said. "I think we'll all be about even."



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